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Wine of the Week
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L’effet papillon
Côtes du Roussillon-Villages 2014 $13.99

In the south, the hot, sun-drenched vineyards of the Languedoc and Roussillon wine regions don’t just produce loads of inexpensive wine, they offer a magic mix of great value, history and fascinating herbal (garrigue) and fruity flavors.

A veritable alphabet soup of grape varieties are grown, with the most common being Syrah, Carignan, Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault.

This Mediterranean red wine, L' Effet Papillon ('the butterfly effect') comes from Rousillon. A Grenache-Carignan blend, it brings the aromas from French Catalan Mountains to your table, a bargain at this price.

Alias Cabernet Sauvignon
California 2013
A nice and easy drinking Cabernet with vanilla and peppery spice notes. This red has a pleasant nose of blackberry and well rounded flavors of chocolate and cedar. Let this one open up a while in opened bottle or glass to bring out its best flavors. A good wine to cellar for a few years. 

Domaine Chiroulet
Terres Blanches 2014
Cotes de Gascogne $13.99
From Southwest France hails this ripe full white blend with fragrant floral notes and wonderful fruit. Grab this fresh, creamy smooth white wine – perfect for summertime drinking.

Grapes: 50% Gros Manseng, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Ugni Blanc

Morgan Cotes du Crows 2011
Monterey $17.99

A Cornwall Package Store Favorite, this lively balanced blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache grapes, matches well with any hearty winter fare, including beef and barley stews, pork loin dishes, and stir fry chicken and vegies.

Antaño - D.O. Ca. Rioja 
Crianza 
Varietals: 
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo  
Aging: 12 months in American Oak 

Tasting Notes: Bodegas Antaño is located in Spain’s famed Rioja region, among the world’s greatest wine-growing districts and home to the noble Tempranillo grape. Our Crianza, a Tempranillo-based blend aged for a year in oak barrels, offers toasted berry and cherry aromas and fresh raspberry, spice and vanilla flavors. It’s a great match for roast chicken, grilled meats and savory stews.

Pitch
 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $15.99

This Cabernet displays a mid density color with purple edges, aromas of red cherry, spice and earthy tones. A medium weight palate with some Cabernet Sauvignon cedar up front that leads to soft Shiraz richness. The oak barreling is older American and French so limited impact although some vanillin on both nose and palate with a long sweet finish. A drink this wine now, but a year or 2 of cellaring will further soften the tannins and develop this Cab nicely. 

2011 Les Chevaux Red Wine
HORSE HEAVEN HILL $14.99
Les Chevaux, (French for “the horses”) is named for the wild horses that once roamed the Horse Heaven Hills. This lively red blend presents aromas and flavors of dark fruit and currant, followed by smooth tannins that lead in to a vibrant finish.
WINE SPECTATOR
88 points

2013 Domaine Benjamin Taillandier
Laguzelle Minervois
French Red Blend 2013 $19.99
Minervois is an AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region. The red wines of the Minervois appellation are produced from Carignan (which can account for no more than 40% of the blend), Grenache, Lledoner Pelut, Mourvedre, and Syrah grapes.  A delightfully rich red wine to serve your guests this holiday season.

Primary Red Zinfandel 2012
Dry Creek Valley $19.99
Serve this American red Zinfandel winewith chicken our turkey dishes. Dry Creek Valley Zins are known for its juicy bright fruit, balanced acidity and notes of blackberry, anise and pepper.  This is a nice match for roast turkey, and who can resist Peterson Winery’s motto of:

 Chateau La Grange Clinet
Cotes De Bordeaux 2011 $13.99

From a sustainable Farming Vineyard we present this Grande Reserve Bordeaux.  After fermentation in stainless steel vats, this wine is aged in oak barrels for 12 months, then bottled and allowed to stand for one year before labeling. The property only uses organic fertilizers. 
This is a good value: 
approachable now, pleasing
 and a great price.

Alhambra Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva
Single Vineyard
Mendoza Argentina 2012$14.99
Uco Valley sits at the base of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 4,000 feet.  Only Estate fruit is entirely hand-picked for this unfiltered, unrefined reserve Cabernet aged in French oak for 12 months and presenting ripe, full-bodied black cherries, cedar and cinnamon flavors.   A great value if you’re looking for a red with punch at a reasonable price.

Chacewater Rose 2013
From the Sierra foothills of Lake County, California we presentthis crowd pleasing wine made from organically grown, grapes.  A wonderful summer wine to serve as your friends arrive or with chicken and vegy grilled foods.  

Nicolas Pinot Noir 2012
France $8.99
Wine Notes:Ruby dark in color. This wine has a bouquet of red cherries, fern, white flowers and spices. On the palate fine toasted notes with honey that give way to long lasting notes of black fruits. The tannins are silky and well balanced. The finish is beautiful and full. 

Terre des Olivettes Rose  
2012 Pays D’oc  France $9.99

A rose blend from the Languedoc that’s a classic blend of the Cinsault, Grenache, Carignan and Syrah. It is made in an attractive, dry, herb-scented, Provence style rose with keen, lean, raspberry fruit and a subtle palate that’s very crisp. Serve this light bodied and dry wine with fish, seafood, or, before dinner.

Taiolo 2009
Chianti Classico Reserva $11.99

Winemaker's Notes: The dark fruit and toasty oak flavor of our Chianti Classico Riserva are well blended with a rich and full character reminiscent of blackberries. It is aged in oak casks for 24 months and one year in the bottle to acquire smoothness. Perfect with beef, pork, poultry and mature cheese.

Bieler Père et fils Rose 2011
Provence, France  $12.99

Winemaker’s notes: 
The wine is pale salmon with a touch of copper in color.  Aromas are dominated by raspberry, watermelon, and orange peel with underlying savory tones of spice and herbs de Provence.  The flavors almost intensify on the palate and it's broader than you would expect. The aromas carry through to the palate and are added to mouth watering acidity and a finish that lingers. The varietal mix is the following: 50% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet.


Merlot De Roquenegade 2010
Vin de Pays de l'Aude Estate Bottled

Here is a crowd pleaser: an easy drinking Merlot with a bit of spice on the finish. A wine with fruit and depth. To be enjoyed with simple foods like broiled steak, a tray of pates and dried sausages, or an assortment of cheese. The 2010 vintage has been rated one of the best Merlot in the International Merlot Contest held in Switzerland.

Clos La Chance
Ruby Throated Cabernet $14.99

Winemaker's notes: 
A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Verdot.

The nose on this wine opens up with bright berry fruits. Plums, tobacco and a subtle floral note. Full and rich on the palate, blueberries, blackberries and dried cherries are the major fruit flavors in this wine. Dried plums and a little Anise spice round off the wonderfully smooth finish. Moderate Tannins make this a wonderful wine to drink with and compliment many foods.

Primus The Blend Colchagua Valley, Chile

Here is a bold striking rich blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere and Merlot. We like the exotic spice flavors and long finish of this Chilean red wine.

Colchagua is consistently producing wines of great quality and is receiving high praise.





Chateau Moulin Favre
Morgon 2009

One of the smaller domains in the Cru Beaujolais region, Chateau Moulin Favre is in the sixth generation under the same family and boasts some of the oldest plantations with 60 to 80 year old vines. They employ the strictest artisanal methods including hand harvesting and destalking as well as a long 2 week maceration instead of carbonic maceration so common in Beaujolais. 

The result is a wine with deep purple color, rich aromatics of cherry, kirsch and raspberry and full fruit palate similar to Pinot Noir of Santenay. All of their wine from the 2009 vintage has been sold out at the winery because of its excellence. Our price for this wine is ~20% lower than the incoming 2010 vintage because of exchange rates. The 2009 is a better vintage at a lower price and represents a great wine value.

Clos Dalian Garnacha 2008
Montsant, Spain  $10.99
Red wines from the Montsant region in the Catalonian mountains of Spain are the next big thing from Spain (watch out, Priorat). So get drinking now, while the prices are still low and the quality just keeps getting better.  Enjoy this light fruity red with pork, spicy ethnic dishes and red pasta meals.`

Chateau Roc De Levraut 2009
Bordeaux Superieur $9.99
Once in a while I can find a very likeable, smooth red wine in this price range, and this is one.  Made from a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this ruby colored medium-bodied Bordeaux is smooth upfront and on the finish.  From the Gironde region of Southern Bordeaux, this easy drinking red shows flavors of dark fruit and a hint of chocolate.   Richard

Sean Minor Pinot Noir 2008
Carneros  $16.99
Winery Tasting Notes: Our Carneros Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with blueberry, cherry, plum and light toast flavors.  On entry, the wine displays blue fruit characters that are balanced with the lingering spicy/earthy notes.  The vanilla and toast nuances integrate well with the silky round tannins which evolve into a lengthy finish

Ajello Grillo Catarrattao
Sicily, Italia 2008  $11.99
If you want a wine that has a little more richness than your average Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc for that matter, here it is! Made from 100% Grillo – a widely planted indigenous Sicilian white-varietal grape that, when vinified pure (100%), offers an elegant and fruity wine.  This wine has nice aromas of jasmine and tropical fruits.  Grill up some seafood or fix a plate of shellfish and you’ve got a perfect match. It also pairs well with pasta and vegetables, white meats and baked fish.
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Charles & Charles Rose 2009
Columbia Valley, Washington $12.99
It’s time to get serious about your summer drinking so stock up on one of the best roses of the year. Rose’ wine is huge in Europe, in countries that have a Cafe’ culture. People sit in Cafe’s all night long and visit with friends while drinking wine. They need a crisp, light, but good tasting wine with a low or moderate alcohol level, and a good Rose’ fills the bill.

The Winery of Good Hope
South Africa
Chenin Blanc
In honor of the World Cup, we are still discovering fine wines from South Africa.  This is a great summer picnic wine that will please everybody at your BBQ.  Crisp, not too dry, medium bodied with nice fruit flavors. 

Tarima Monastrell
Jumilla, Spain  $8.99
CPS customers tasted this lively red wine with us last Saturday with enthusiasm.  Made from Monastrall, also known as Morvedre in France, this wine blossoms in the glass with notes of licorice, chocolate and dark violets.

LLAMA
Malbec 2006 by
Balesco De Baquedano
Mendoza, Argentina  $15.99

Cultivated from 100 year old vines of the Medoza foothills of the Andes, this Malbec is rich, ruby-purple colored and boasts elegant flavors of blackberries, plum and spices.  6 months of aging in French oak creates a good balance and structure.  This is a fine all-purpose wine to serve with your favorite dishes.

Bodega Renacer Malbec Argentina 
Punto Final $12.99

Punto Final's Malbec comes from vines more than 50 years old whose production is less than 8 tons per acre, resulting in concentrated and flavorful fruit. This wine is unfiltered resulting in  distinct varietals qualities.  Wine Advocate

 Chapelle St.-ArnouxVacqueyras 2007
Cotes du Rhone Villages $14.99

Rich, robust texture, flavor, and intensity. It is a super, unfiltered effort. If you're looking for a wine to serve with steak, beef roasts, or lamb chops, this is a great value for price. 
Score: 91-93. —Robert Parker, February 2009.  

DUC De Foix
Cabernet Sauvigon Reserva 2003
Penedes, Spain $10.99
A hearty 100% Cab aged in oak 16 months showing ruby color, herbal and vegetal aromas, full-bodied with a long tasty finish.  Serve this holiday with aged or smoked cheeses and red meats,

Domaine de la Touranade
Cotes du Rhone 2006  $14.99
An elegant, traditional Cotes du Rhone from a good vintage.  You can't beat Rhones if you're looking for wine of character and complexity.  The only type of wine to  serve with game, venison and lamb. 

Domaine Houchart
Cotes de Provence 2007 $11.99
A fresh rose with elegant flavors of red berries, mineral notes and a clean finish.  Serve lightly chilled on its own or pair with most dishes, sushi, salads, pizza and mild cheeses. This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvedre

El Hada Verdejo-Viura 2008 $10.99
The Rueda Appellation belongs to one of the finest grape producing areas of Spain.  Thanks to a continental climate, hot by day, cool by night, grapes ripen in perfect conditions.  This crisp white has great length and a delicious mouth-filling softness,  A classy white wine.Chateau Lescalle 2002
Bordeaux Superieur
A very good Bordeaux from a lesser vintage.   2002 is not known for superior wine, but this one grabbed our attention during an in-store tasting.  Medium-bodied, nice inky-berry flavors and an easy finish.
GOOD VALUE RECESSION WINE

Castillo de Fuenmayor
Gran Familia  
Rioja, Spain 2004  $13.99
A Spanish blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano.  Medium-dark ruby color with first class aromatics consisting of smoked cedar and leather.  This wine has remarkable depth of flavor and length for its humble price.  
A super value from Rioja.

14 Hands Cabernet
Washington State 2006 $12.99
"14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon features aromas of cherries and currants with subtle hints of spice and dried herbs. Fresh flavors of red fruit are complemented by a touch of cocoa and accentuated by fine, round tannins."    ~Winery NotesCartlidge & Browne

Pinot Noir 2007 California  $14.99
Press Release Tasting notes 
"The largest portion of the blend (79%) from the Greenfield/Soledad areas of Monterey County displayed lots of the true Pinot character: violet, rose petal, cherry & plum fruit with earthly mocha/herbal ntoes. The remainder of the blend (11% Napa Valley and 10% Russian River) were surprisingly brawny, with wonderful baked black cherry and fig fruit, mineral and licorice flavors bolstering it. And as usual, the Russian River segments were stars, adding refinement in the form of bright, juicy fruit and exotic hints of baking spices and its unique earthiness." -Winery 

Domaine De La Griveliere
Cotes Du Rhone  2007  $10.99
The Maison Brotte, an independent family business for three generations was founded in 1931 in Châteauneuf du Pape by Charles Brotte, a pioneer in the bottling of wines of the Rhône Valley. 

Chateau de Lugagnac
Bordeaux Superior 2005
Here is a great value – an inexpensive Bordeaux Superior from a tremendous vintage.  This received the Wall Street Journal, January 8th 2008...Best of Tasting. The nose immediately says, fine stuff, with earth, tobacco and juicy fruit and acidity. Well balanced and nicely complex blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot.  The wine is even better after an hour.  Remarkably complete Bordeaux for such a young, inexpensive wine.

Chateau Tour St. Bonnet
Medoc 2005  $19.99
The Wine Advocate: This lower pedigree wine represents undeniable quality/value rapport in 2005. This vintage is so deep in quality among the better run, less heralded estates, that these wines should appeal to readers looking for terrific values from Bordeaux. Most of these wines are Merlot-based and will be drinkable young. Sleeper of the vintage. Score range: 88-90. Score: 90. —Robert Parker, April 2006.

Las Rocas Garnacha 2005  $10.99
Beautiful fruit and a dry finish
"The unoaked 2005 Las Rocas Garnacha is sourced from low yielding vineyards ranging in age from 70-100 years. It gives up attractive aromas of kirsch, raspberries, pepper, and damp earth. This is followed by a broad, full-flavored wine with a supple texture and no hard edges. Drink this pleasure-packed wine over the next 2-3 years." -Wine Advocate 

Joseph Carr
Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 $22.99
From J. Carr's Notes: 
"Napa Valley is one of the finest growing regions in the world for this grape, and we share a European sensibility in blending our Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc.  We age our Cabernet Sauvignon between 20-28 months  in a combination of French and American Oak  and it is then bottle aged for almost a year. 

Chapelle St. Arnoux 2005 $ 8.99
Cotes du Rhone
From one of the largest negociants in the southern Rhone, comes this great  value in Cotes du Rhone. .  2005 is a fabulous vintage presenting big aromas, full dark fruit with a nice dry finish. 

Vistalba Corte C
Mendoza, Argentina  $14.99
Our staff recently attended an industry wine tasting and discovered this wine.  It starts with a nice violet red color and intense red fruit aromas in the glass.  There are notes of eucalyptus in the flavors and soft rounded tannins in the mouth.  This Argentinian Malbec and Merlot blend ends with a balanced long finish.  A good value

Carraia Aglianico Sicilia 2006 $9.99
From the island of Sicily we present Aglianico, an "Old World varietal grape".  This red wine has a bouquet of dark wild berries and flavors of licorice and black currant spicy notes.  A perfect wine you can serve with Mediterranean dishes, meats and cheeses.

Windy Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Central Coast  $10.99
If you’re looking for a Cabernet of good value, stop here.  This Central Coast Cab presents a light bouquet, good color, a nice fullness of berry flavor in the mouth, and rich tannins.  After the holiday spending, this $10.99 price is very appealing.

Palazzo Della Torre Allegrini 2004 $21.99
A CPS store favorite, this wine is produced using  an innovative RIPASSO method. Well-structured, smooth and rounded, this wine is shows a long, elegant finish. Deep ruby red in color, it has a delicious wild berry perfume, with the flavor of raisins.  This wine will age easily for 8 - 10 years.

Domaine Moillard Pinot Noir
France Vin de Pays d'Oc 2005 $10.99
There aren't too many Pinot Noirs at this price that I would recommend, but this is a great value.  The wine is made in the Burgundy style by Moillard, a Burgundy producer, in southern France near Languedoc. The Domaine Moillard Pinot Noir is light in color and style, yet shows nice tannins and aromas of plums.  The flavors are full of earthy tones of mushroom, olive and the lively fruit of plums and raspberry.

Chateau De Serame 2004  $11.99
Corbieres, France
The Château de Serame has a core of black plum, blackberry, and earthy aromas, offset by notes of black pepper and licorice. It’s full-bodied, with firm tannins and good length.  Serve with lamb, pork dishes, steak and stews. 

Kios 2003 $15.99 Spain
90 Points - Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) 
"The outstanding 2003 Kios (100% Tempranillo) is an exceptional bargain. Attractive blackberry and blueberry aromas are followed by elegant, medium to full-bodied flavors. Tremendous density, purity, and ripeness cascade over the palate in this seamless beauty. It should drink well for 1-3 years." 
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Randall-Monroe Pinot Noir
California 2013 $12.99

Grapes for this wine were sourced from California’s best growing areas for Pinot Noir in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys. The range of vineyards and growing areas creates a Pinot Noir that is crisp and complex yet approachable and luscious on the palate.

This Pinot Noir was aged 6-8 months in a combination of new and old French oak barrels.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES •
Fragrant cranberry and red raspberry aromas carry through to the palate, framed on the palate by notes of green tea, cedar and spice, with a crisp yet silky finish. The wine pairs well with light pasta dishes, grilled salmon or tuna, or roasted chicken. (AND TURKEY!!!)

 Summer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Calistoga Napa Valley $25.99

This Cabernet shows a distinctive nose of vanilla, roses and herbs, followed by a mid-palate of black cherries, with a finish of bakers spices. An all occasion wine to savor with roast beef, pork chops, grilled salmon and winter stews

Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Pao Robles, California

Enjoy now through 2025.

Tasting Notes
Color: Dark garnet
Aroma: Cassis with hints of fine tobacco, sandalwood and spice
Taste: Full-bodied with dark cherry fruit; sweet, rich and chewy tannins linger into the finish

Accolades
89 Points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2016
89 Points - Vinous, September 2015
90 Points - Tasting Panel: Blue Reviews Extra, December 2015
91 Points - National Wine Review, January 2016
90 Points - Food & Beverage World, April 2016



Folk Tree Cabernet 2014 $15.99
Red Lake County, CA

Enjoy this easy drinking Cab made with grapes situated at 2,300 ft elevation in gravely volcanic soil. The aromas show dark berries, fresh herbs and anise, the flavors also include plum notes and finishing with a velvety curtain.